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Recycling & Waste Management News

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The proposed changes were... 

Plastics industry expects 300 delegates at conference in March

By: Bruce Montiea     29th January 2016 Industry association Plastics SA expects about 300 role-players and decision-makers to attend its Second Plastics Industry Conference, themed The Triple Bottom Line and the Plastics Industry, to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, in Nasrec, on March 16.  

Ifat sets the bar as it celebrates 50 years

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th January 2016 As trade show Ifat celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, the ongoing demand for exhibition space has seen the 2016 version of the water, sewage, waste and raw materials management trade fair fully booked despite taking up all 16 halls of the Messe München Internationale Congress Center, in... 

Ifat sets the bar as it celebrates 50 years

PoPI Act also impacts on disposal of digital devices

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 The manner and rigour with which businesses destroy obsolete devices and data will become more robust to meet the exacting specifications of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, but the requirements are best practice that will benefit South African businesses, says information... 

More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050, warns WEF report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 There is a significant need for a revolution in the plastics industrial ecosystem, as most plastic packaging is used only once, with 95% of the value of plastic packaging material lost to the economy after a short first use, a new report suggests. The report, titled ‘The New Plastics Economy:... 

More plastic than fish in world's oceans by 2050, warns WEF report

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Plastics sector representative body Plastics South Africa (SA) has predicted a positive outlook for 2016, following a solid growth performance in the past financial year.  

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance
RECYCLING POTENTIAL The total volume of plastics recycled in the 2014/15 financial year was 20.3% of all plastics manufactured in 2014

Plastics industry propelled by recycling versatility

15th January 2016 The inherent versatility of plastics recycling, including the industry’s ability to recycle most grades and compositions of plastics, contributes strongly to plastics and synthetic fibres’ strong market acceptance, sustainable use and eco friendliness, says Cape Town-based plastics recycler the... 

Plastics industry  propelled by  recycling versatility
RECYCLING AWARENESS Polyco aims to promote separation-at-source within every municipality

Industry body donates plastic recycling bins to charity organisations

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, in Worcester, as part of a social responsibility initiative.  

Industry body donates plastic  recycling bins to charity organisations
RECYCLING BINS Newly donated plastics recycling bins will assist plastics recyclers to more easily separate material into different grades for recycling

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey
PVC PIPING The potential for PVC waste recycling is largely determined by the degree of contamination

Ecological intensification of agriculture must be done across value chain

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 Reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, called ecological intensification, is most effective when it involves the entire agricultural value chain, rather than just the primary producers. This was proven by the results achieved by South African macadamia processor Green Farms Nut... 

Ecological intensification of agriculture must be done across value chain
MACADAMIA NUT FACTORY Eliminating wasteful production processes and driving additional revenue streams provide positive environmental impacts

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

Agri SA calls for help with Project Hope Grass drought relief initiative 

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for assistance in meeting the response to its Project Hope Grass drought relief programme. The association has called for companies and volunteers to help it cope with the surge in calls to the project’s contact number, as well as to donate... 

Agri SA calls for help with Project Hope Grass drought relief initiative
Photo by Reuters
Project Hope Grass sought donations of clean grass trimmings that were processed into animal feed pellets

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

By: Anine Kilian     11th December 2015 The Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) Working for Water (WfW) programme, which was launched in 1995 by former Department of Water and Forestry Minister professor Kader Asmal, celebrated 20 years of existence last month. According to a statement released by the DEA on the 20th... 

20 years on, Working for Water still making jobs, ecological impression

Green Wine Awards renew focus on sustainable winemaking

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 This year’s Nedbank Green Wine Awards, which took place last month in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, re-emphasised the industry’s imperative to produce local wine in an environment-friendly manner. With this in mind, this year’s award for Best Farming Practices – which was bestowed on Wildekrans... 

Green Wine Awards renew focus  on sustainable winemaking
BEST FARMING PRACTICES This year’s award for Best Farming Practices in the Nedbank Green Wine Awards went to Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate, situated in the town of Botrivier, in the Western Cape

Brewing by-product put to good use

By: Bruce Montiea     13th November 2015 While most breweries dispose of any waste produced through their brewing processes by selling it to livestock farmers – or buying their own livestock to feed their waste to – Boksburg-based brewery Just Brewing Company donates its waste to a local park and petting zoo, which use it as feed for... 

Brewing by-product  put to good use
DISTILLATION PROCESS Brewing produces waste that can be reused

Programme encourages sustainable wine production

13th November 2015 The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF) Sustainable Agriculture Programme maintains the importance of healthy, functioning ecosystems in South Africa’s farmlands, including in the production of wine and associated fruit. The programme, which sustainable banking-focused financial... 

Programme encourages sustainable wine production
Photo by Bloomberg
RICH PICKINGS Sustainable farming aims to build farm productivity and profitability in a way that minimises any adverse impacts on the environment

EIAs, rhino poaching biggest concerns for Green Scorpions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th November 2015 The number of environmental crimes finalised with a verdict by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) increased by 60.6%, from 165 cases in 2013/14 to 265 cases in 2014/15, while the conviction rate increased from 87.3% to 94.7%, the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report... 

EIAs, rhino poaching biggest concerns for Green Scorpions

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 More than 90 per cent of South Africa’s energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels – resulting in the release of more than 400-million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. While there is no doubt that increased energy production is necessary to ensure economic growth and development, South... 

South Africa pressing ahead with four-phase carbon-capture plan

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Waste management solutions provider Interwaste – a member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa – is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy. Interwaste group sales director Jason McNeil tells Engineering News that there is an ongoing... 

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source
Photo by Bloomberg
MUNICIPAL WASTE CONVERTED Waste management solutions provider Interwaste is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy

Company highlights air quality management regulations and changes

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 To ensure that it delivers its services with a focus on quality, experience and competency in an ever-changing professional and regulatory environment, environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions’ environmental management division attended an environmental law update workshop,... 

Company highlights air quality management  regulations and changes
RACHELLE STOFBERG I-Cat is committed to assisting clients with their air emissions reporting

Enviro solutions company combats hazardous waste

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Recycling, waste and pest management company GreenSolution in September partnered with a sludge removal company to coordinate on-site sludge removal and filtration processes as part of its aim to mitigate the challenges of inefficient waste management, while trying to comply with waste disposal... 

Enviro solutions company combats hazardous waste
COMBATING HAZARDOUS WASTE GreenSolution’s on-site waste management programme ensures that waste is disposed of responsibly and in a manner that can be recorded and traced

Govt announces paper, packaging recycling plan 

By: Natalie Greve     26th October 2015 South Africa is soon to introduce a Paper and Packaging Industry Plan that will require separation-at-source from a household level, bringing about a significant change in the current waste management regime, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has announced. “This will not only minimise... 

Govt announces paper, packaging recycling plan

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2015 South African industrial gas major Afrox is partnering with a start-up biogas company to produce high-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane for distribution to industries in the Western Cape, which have experienced long-standing shortages of CO2. “Initially, we expect to off-take between 18 t... 

Afrox partners with biogas producer to bolster CO2 supply to W Cape
NAZMI ADAMS Afrox is exploring alternative energy and gas options, which will enable the production of natural gas that can be compressed into CNG or, if the source is significant, liquefied to LNG

Effluent reuse demo plant tested at KZN works

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th October 2015 Engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba will – in addition to managing the refurbishment of the Darvill wastewater treatment works, in KwaZulu-Natal – also install a demonstration final effluent reuse plant on site to showcase the efficiency of effluent... 

Effluent reuse demo plant tested at KZN works
FLAGSHIP DESIGN The Darvill wastewater treatment works upgrade will include a significant capacity increase, from approximately 55 Mℓ/d to 120 Mℓ/d

TFR embarks on PCB phase-out plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th September 2015 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has embarked on a process to eliminate the use of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils and PCB-contaminated materials and equipment used as insulation in electrical equipment. A yellowish viscous liquid with distinct odour, PCBs held remarkable thermal... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining 

By: RDM News Wire      24th September 2015 Communities in Sekhukhune, in Limpopo, were not only being stripped of their dignity‚ but of their heritage too thanks to mining‚ said Trevor Malope‚ a Bench Marks Foundation’s community monitor. “Our land is an incredibly important part of our culture and integral to our lives‚ but mining has... 

Communities being stripped of their heritage by mining
Photo by Anglo-American
Anglo-American’s Twickenham mine, Limpopo.

Barloworld Logistics rebrands waste management division

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th September 2015 Supply chain services company Barloworld Logistics has relaunched its environmental solutions brand re- as the SmartMatta company, which is aimed at assisting companies in reducing waste sent to landfill, as well as lowering resource consumption and harmful emissions. Speaking at the launch on... 

Barloworld Logistics rebrands waste management division

Biobulk facility set for commissioning in March 2016

18th September 2015 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate South Africa’s first Biobulk Waste Water Treatment facility, which will be ready for commissioning in March 2016. 

Less Food, More Nutrition

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2015 Green Cell Technologies founder and CEO Roy Henderson talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his days as a South African naval officer, which he says set him up to help develop his start-up Green Cell Technologies’ Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD) technology aimed at improving global... 

Less Food, More Nutrition

DEA starts consultations for e-waste strategy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2015 The rapid rise of electronic and electrical technology – and the shortening lifecycles of the products – is leaving a mass of dangerous and harmful electronic waste (e-waste) in its wake. In light of this, it was becoming increasingly urgent for South Africa to formulate policy proposals and... 

DEA starts consultations for e-waste strategy
Photo by Duane Daws
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Italian crushing company looks to increase African footprint

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Italian crusher and screening company MB Crusher is looking to expand into the South Africa and African market through an exclusive distributor agreement with a local distributor – Randfontein-based Renlyn Engineering, which is the sole Southern African distributor. 

Italian crushing  company looks to  increase African footprint
BF90.3 MB Crusher’s BF90.3 easily attaches to excavators for fast crushing of a variety of materials

Telescopic handler and heavy-duty vacuum trucks to be launched

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 The launch of a new telescopic handler and three industrial heavy-duty vacuums will be the highlight of equipment group of companies Goscor Group’s stand at the construction and mining trade fair BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015 and IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, respectively. 

Telescopic handler  and heavy-duty vacuum trucks to be launched
BOBCAT TELE ROTOR The largest Bobcat Tele Rotor yet will be launched at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Enzymatic cleaning gains traction as ecofriendly tech

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Cleaning solutions company Green Worx senior marketing, technical and sales manager Clinton Smith says enzymatic cleaning, or cleaning in place (CIP), is increasingly being used in the industry, as more companies focus on green and ecofriendly cleaning technology.  

Enzymatic cleaning gains traction as ecofriendly tech
CLINTON SMITH Most industries have production waste and when they use chemicals, it presents a threat to nature

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

By: Dylan Slater     14th August 2015 Harvesting rainwater can enable industrial companies with sufficient roof space to dramatically reduce their use of potable water for nonpotable applications, easing the strain on municipalities that have to provide ever-increasing volumes of potable water, says specialist precast concrete... 

Rainwater harvesting helps municipalities

New seal system cuts water use

7th August 2015 International packaging and paper group Mondi is replacing the quench-to-drain flushing and lubricating systems of the mechanical seals at its Richards Bay mill with a continuous loop water management design supplied by mechanical seals and support system company Aesseal. 

New seal system  cuts water use
NEW SYSTEM Pump and mechanical seals at Mondi Richards Bay, fitted with Aesseal continuous loop flushing and lubricating system

Quality expansion joints essential for efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The quality of materials used in fabric expansion joints cannot be compromised as they perform a critical role in the combustion process, says expansion joints manufacturer Flextra Engineered Products. 

Quality expansion joints  essential for efficiency
DUVHA RETROFIT Flextra is retrofitting fabric expansion joints at Eskom’s Duvha power station on all its vertical-duct expansion joints

First-of-its-kind cogen plant fully commissioned

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The R175-million Eternity Project, an initiative that uses waste heat from mining processes, has reached full commissioning at platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Rustenburg-based Waterval smelter. 

First-of-its-kind cogen plant  fully commissioned
ETERNITY PROJECT The Eternity Project is the world’s first cogeneration power plant that uses an organic rankine cycle

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